USCIS have made an update to the H1B cap count today with the H1B petitions filed with USCIS as of April 22nd , 2010. The update since previous cap count numbers :
Updated : Check May 11th , 2010 H1B cap count update for latest count
- New 2,425 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed for Regular Quota
- New 939 cap eligible H1B petitions for Advanced degree cap
April 26th , USCIS official Total H1B cap count update :
|Regular H1B Cap H1B filings||16,025 of total 65,000|
|Advanced degree cap filing count||6,739 of total 20,000|
|Total H1B visa petitions received||22,764 of total 85,000|
Analysis of H1B cap count as of April 22nd , 2010
If you look at the numbers, there has been a significant jump in the number of filings. If you look at the April 19th, 2010 update of H1B visa cap count, there were only 100 visas filed for regular cap, but this week there has been 2,425 visas filed for Regular cap. Also, for the advanced degree to there were only 200 cap eligible visas filed last week but now the count is up to 939. If you do simple math, the number of H1B petitions filings have almost increased by 1,213 % which is incredible.
What does this rapid increase in H1B filings mean ? H4 Visa holders Advantage ?
Well, it is really amazing to see the jump in numbers by so much, but the reality is we are still behind a lot by last year’s i.e. FY2010 cap numbers. We cannot really say the job market increased in a week because there is sudden demand for H1B workers in a week, jobs are not a commodity to increase in a week like Gas. My take on this sudden jump is simple, these new petitions have been prepared over time and filed carefully taking caution. Because of the increase in requirements with new H1B visa rules of 2011, attorneys are taking time to file LCA and do it right. Just imagine even if the same trend continues and USCIS receives this same amount of petitions(2,400) every week, the total remaining cap will last for 19 weeks or around 4.5 months. This is a lot of time and this is going to work out very well for H4 Visa holders and gives much options for conversion from H4 to H1B visas, who can start looking for a full time job and get the sponsorship instead of going to a consultancy and filing H1B. Anyways, these are my thoughts…
What do you all think ?
Graph of Cap Count Compared with Last Year FY 2010 Cap Count Trend
Reference: Official USCIS H1-B Cap count update